Mark Rowe, Partner at Penoyre & Prasad recently gave a joint presentation at the Royal College of Physicians as part of the European Healthcare Design Congress.

He was joined by Jacqui Bunce, Associate Director of NHS East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, and Louisa Williams, Director of Art in Site.

View the presentation here.

The development of the New QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City employed an engagement process with an extensive stakeholder group, including patients, staff and third-sector representatives, with particular reference to the integrated design and arts strategy. Through patient and staff feedback, this approach positively influenced the daily experiences of families, visitors and staff.

The New QEII Hospital is a substantial re-provision of hospital activity, bringing together existing and new services in a purpose- built facility. Part of a wider clinically led strategic estate and service reorganisation across the NHS in Hertfordshire, it delivers new models of care by integrating primary, acute and social care services for this community.

Designed around the wellbeing of patients, the New QEII is an exemplar of low-energy, sustainable design, achieving BREEAM Excellent. The building design boldly integrates the work of several artists to inspire, stimulate and create a compassionate human scale.